Movie InfoIn this film, after his daughter suffers a drug overdose, executive Bill Compton murders her drug-dealer boyfriend Frank. Rattled by his own actions, Bill stumbles into a bar, where he meets blue-collar worker Joe Curran, who holds Compton in great esteem for his killing of the long-haired drug pusher.
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Critic Reviews for Joe
well acted melodrama, directed by Joe Avildsen before he made the Rocky movies, starring Peter Boyle as a racist and Susan Sarandon in her very first film.
Starting with a murder and ending with a massacre, this bleak portrait of America shows a dream turned sour and a country at odds with itself.
Cliched melodrama was a cultural landmark; Boyle is superb
Audience Reviews for Joe
Two guys who hate everyone who's different from them finally take some action, violent action, and in the end begin to question their beliefs. This is a brilliant movie, and I highly recommend it. Plus, watch for Susan Sarandon in her first movie!More
Granted, the character that Peter Boyle is given in "Joe" is an interesting one, but the film simply doesn't do enough with him. We just watch as he exists and spouts racist and homophobic lines with none of it ever leading anywhere. Norman Wexler's script is decidedly good, but would've made for a better movie under someone else's direction.More
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